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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / looking for pics of women looking good in chunky warm sweaters on: October 15, 2009 04:03:27 AM
I'm embroiled on an online dispute about whether women can look sexy in chunky large gauge sweaters.

I need pics of women who aren't too young, ie maybe 30+, not the type that model for Kim Hargreaves for example, wearing sweaters that are chunky and warm, but they look sexy.

Any ideas? Links?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My new sweater has liposurgery - it's an Easter miracle! on: April 10, 2009 09:03:40 PM
Well, miracle DOES rather overstate the case. Actually, it's like this. Using a new yarn and doing no gauge check along the way I ended up with:

Oh dear. Not to worry. A friend with the appropriate overlocking sewing machine cut down the middle, front and back, chopped out a few inches and sewed it back together again. There was still a nasty seam on the right side which was solved by handsewing over it drawing more of the seam into the wrong side.

This is the result:

It isn't perfect but it is a whole lot better. I think in real life the seam isn't as bad as the camera makes it look.

In retrospect I realise that the whole thing should have been done by hand, not by machine. Still, it's a darn sight better than it was....don't you think?

More pics and details of the whole experience on my blog...
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Drops 88-25 cardigan finished - I LOVE it! on: March 23, 2009 07:00:23 PM
I am just thrilled with this.

The pattern is easy, but still interesting.

The colour changes and the side-ways knitting of the body make the stocking stitch fly!

It was my first time using Drops yarn, as well as a Drops pattern. Nice yarn.

There are supposed to be crocheted flowers attached, but I'm thinking of leaving them.

And, of course, it is light as a feather, being alpaca and mohair....

There are other pics and comments about this on my blog....

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 3 summer cardigans finished. on: February 16, 2009 03:39:41 AM
I think if I were banished to a desert island with any amount of yarn and equipment, but only one pattern - http://ysolda.com/store/sweaters/liesl/ Liesl - is the one I'd take.

It went so well in the Rowan All-Seasons cotton, that I had to try another one, this time modelled by Andrea.

Can't say I'm SO happy with my next offering, Easy Lace Cardigan by Barbara Khouri...

It is just alright. I'm hoping that a wash will leave it with more give. I don't recommend the yarn, Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere. The pattern itself, which you can get from www.patternfish.com is certainly a great intro to lace. Really the pattern is only one row long - the WS is all pearl and the RS has this one line of pattern which is shifted a few stitches on alternate rows. Honestly it'll take about 10 seconds to pick it up.

Well, that's the last of my summer knitting, although there is still a couple of weeks of it to go. I have a couple of wool projects on the go. They'll be my next report!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ingredient missing: chunky pure cashmere needs perfect Men's jumper pattern. on: January 12, 2009 10:00:43 PM
I REALLY wanted to do the Cobblestone, but I don't think it is quite right. The recipient would prefer a lower neck and a fairly loose fit. Of what I've shown him so far he likes this one, from patternfish:


A female friend of mine says it's effeminate. I understand what she's saying but I know the recipient will be wearing a Tshirt under it (changing the neck line as a consequence) and it is in navy - maybe this will make it look more boyish.

What do you think? Too girly? And has anybody got a good idea for a chunky gauge (14 st/4 inches) man's sweater with a neck that isn't too high, loose fitting, but for a guy who dresses nicely in an unstudied way, if that makes sense....I have 20 balls x 76 metres.

Either way, I'd like it to be perfect - it'd be a waste of some rather nice yarn otherwise!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stuck on Leisl (Ysolda patter) yoke - help required please! on: December 13, 2008 03:09:58 PM
Im knitting Liesl in the wide neckline and I hate to sound totally dumb, but

Rep rows 19-22 until yoke is desired depth.[it] should end level with your armpit, try it on to check the length

I dont understand how to try what is essentially a strip on, and I dont understand how to tell what the right depth will be. Can somebody either explain to me how I work this out or give me a ball park figure in length. It is for a smallish size.

I have written to Ysolda, but I'm hoping to get on with it and so if anybody has a quick answer I'd be grateful!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My latest top: a dreadful mistake that should never have seen the light of day? on: December 11, 2008 11:19:49 PM
I've updated this at the bottom....

Let me have it, the honest truth, no holding back. Is this a terrible mistake?

I've got more pics, but they don't really get any better....


Since I wrote this an awful look of Craftster girls have said it's okay - or even better than ok!! Maybe it's a case of red being hard to picture. It looks so unforgiving. Anyway, THANKS. Lots of interesting advice and thoughts on how it might be better. I've learnt a lot.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there a mistake in this Sirdar 4 stitch repeat, 2 row shrug pattern on: November 09, 2008 11:35:23 PM
This pattern is from Sirdar's Californian Girls p. 6

Cast on various optional numbers which are multiple of 4 stitches.

1st row *k2tog, (yrn) twice, s1, k1, psso*

 2nd row: *k1, (k1 p1) into yarn from previous row, k1 rep from * to end.

So, row one each pattern repeat starts off as 4 stitches and ends up as 4 stitches (two of which are yrns), so at the end of the row we have as many stitches as we had at the beginning of the row.

But there are two yrn in the first row pattern repeat and row 2 says k1p1 into yarn from previous row. So, I do that to BOTH yrns, so that I am increasing on the second row by an extra two stitches for each pattern repeat, is this correct: ie I am going *k1, (k1p1 into first yrn) (k1p1 into second yrn) k1,*

There is no indication in the pattern that this is meant to do anything but be a square which is then sewn into shrug shape.

Any ideas what I should be doing. The company hasn't replied yet to my query and I can't see any errata on their site....

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slouchy Berets x 3 on: October 25, 2008 08:25:40 PM
I have used NanoEffects Slouchy Stripey Beret  pattern for these.

This one was knitted by Jan Jonas in Eki Riva Natal which is silk+high quality alpaca. Great yarn. Am I sad I shrunk and felted the cardigan I made in it!

Then I tried my hand at one in Jaeger Chamonix, such a lovely yarn, light, warm, a delight to knit with:

These are for my father (nb: NEITHER of the models photographed is my father!) and I figured he needed a couple of summer versions, so this is bamboo:

I've also knitting one in a Cleckheaton Bamboo/Cotton mix, but I daren't show any pics as it is really quite untidy knitting....didn't have suitable needle size to knit it comfortably. Lesson learned, more needles on their way!

Love the pattern, highly recommend it as a starting point for hats.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What's the best way to copy this cardigan? on: October 25, 2008 04:07:45 PM

It's a Marks and Spencer cardigan and I want one. I figured I'd use the Chic Knits Beryl pattern as the basis for it. HOWEVER!!! Those stripes are going to drive me mad one way or another. None of them are more than 3 rows and there are 8 colours going at once.


(1) Carry 8 balls of yarn. No thanks
(2) Knit in 800 ends. At least as bad
(3) I don't know if this is a really weird idea, but I'm thinking could I make it a couple of stitches wider, cut off all the ends as I go along and then get the edge chopped off and sewn with an interlock sewing machine (I think that's what it is called). This would get rid of all the ends and make the edge secure. Well, that's my cunning plan. I could then pick up along the edge for the button border....

Is this doable? Or does somebody else have a better plan?
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